Essays Archive

The Joshua Tree: 30 Years Later

March 1987. I was on a choir tour during spring break, and I knew U2’s The Joshua Tree would be released while I was on tour. But I had to have it – the day it was released – no matter what. So I begged and pleaded with the charter bus driver to stop at a local …

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Teenage Fanclub: The Next Beatles?

In my recent obsession over Teenage Fanclub, I’ve done a lot of examination of their music and career, and I’ve found some eerie similarities between the Scottish band and the four lads from Liverpool. Lots of bands have had the “Next Beatles” thrust upon them – Badfinger, the Raspsberries, Duran Duran, Squeeze, Oasis – but …

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Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing is, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was hearing a different melody than what was being played. Teenage Fanclub had buried the keyboard among guitars, bass …

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